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Final Flight 666 to HEL on Friday the 13th Oct
Finnair's superstitious flight 666 to HEL is no more (CCSS Level: Grade 7, Words: 280)
Oct 24, 2017 Culture & Entertainment
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Finland's national airline is not superstitious. Finnair flight AY666 took off from Copenhagen and flew to Helsinki on Friday the 13th. What's more, the baggage code for Helsinki airport is HEL.

Finnair has been making this flight for many years, but it gets particularly attractive whenever it happens on Friday the 13th.

The last flight under similar circumstances was on May 13, 2016. It landed successfully three minutes late without any problems.

"It has been quite a joke among the pilots. I'm not a superstitious man. It's only a coincidence for me," pilot Juha-Pekka Keidasto said previously.

"If there's some passenger who is anxious about flight 666, our cabin crew is always happy to help them," he added. Phobias of Friday the 13th and the number 666 have particular significance in English.

Hexakosioihexekontahexaphobia is the name for the phobia of the number 666, while the fear of Friday the 13th is called Paraskevidekatriaphobia, which comes from the Greek paraskevi (meaning 'Friday'), and dekatria (meaning 'thirteen').

Flight AY666 from Copenhagen to Helsinki took off at 12:15pm GMT and landed safely at 13:31.

"We're growing, so we need more flight numbers," the company explained via Twitter. In the future, the route will have the more mundane code AY 954 (although, if you look hard enough, the digits still add up to 18, which is… oh, never mind.)

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doing physical exercise, often moving


adj.积极/活跃/活性

aid

help


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an-xious

worried or uneasy


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at-trac-tive

pleasing or appealing


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the conditions under which something happens


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to deal with something difficult


v.应付

ex-plain

make something clear or add detail


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flew

to go somewhere by air or in space


v.飞

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time still to come    


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common or ordinary, boring


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very or especially


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pre-vi-ous

before


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before


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pro-blem

something that might be harmful, needing to be solved


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prob-lems

something not right, harmful


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a way to get from one place to another


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ending in success, without problems


adj.顺利

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having or showing a belief in superstitions


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